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The Orioles’ biggest questions for 2015

Courtesy: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara The Baltimore Orioles reached the ALCS in 2014, and the franchise is certainly looking towards the future already. While there are a number of constants returning next year, the O’s also feature a number of question marks for 2015. The following are some of the most important variables facing the Black and Orange. Nelson Cruz The slugger was a...
Via DC Sports-Kings
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Josh Stinson

JOSH STINSON RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: March 14, 1988 Height: 6’4″ Weight: 210 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 37th round, 1114nd overall, 2006 (Mets) How Acquired: Minor league free agent High School: Northwood (LA) HS Agent: Moye Sports Associates WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Stinson was drafted out of high school on the strength of a low-90s fastball...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Can the Orioles afford not to re-sign Markakis?

Twice in his three years as Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, Dan Duquette has extended a frontline player. Both times it wasn’t expected. In May 2012, the Orioles reached a six-year contract extension with Adam Jones, precluding him from going the free agent route and showing that the team was serious about contending. Two weeks ago, Duquette delivered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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MMO Free Agent Profile: Nick Markakis, RF

Nick Markakis Position: Right Fielder Bats: Left, Throws: Left Age: 31 2014 Snapshot While Nick Markakis didn’t return to his old self this year, he did bounce back significantly from a sub-replacement level season in 2013. He had solid seasons on both offense and defense, improving his wRC+ from 88 to 106 while improving most of his defensive metrics by a few runs as well. His...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields passed a kidney stone during ALCS

MLB players are well-known for battling excruciating injuries during the postseason. Just ask Curt Schilling. What Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields had to go through, however, makes an injured ankle or sore arm sound like a mosquito bite. Shields got the start in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and lasted five innings his team’s 8-6 win. Two days later...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Mets Pursue Nick Markakis?

Devin asks… What do you think about signing Nick Markakis for the outfield? I know we’re not signing anyone big, but he shouldn’t cost that much. Joe D. replies… First of all, I’m not entirely sure that Markakis will hit free agency. Sure his $17.5 million option was declined by the Orioles, but he’s very popular with the fans and a few Baltimore writers think the two...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Darren O'Day, Wei-Yin Chen, Nick Hundley

The 2014 postseason may have ended in a disappointing fashion for the Baltimore Orioles and their fans, but once the World Series ends, the business of preparing for next year officially begins. Even before exploring the free agent and trade markets, the Baltimore Orioles have players with team option years for 2015 to consider. Which players' options will the Orioles exercise...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Andrew Miller could cost too much to stay in Baltimore

Andrew Miller was one of the most important additions to the Baltimore Oriole roster.  After coming over from the Boston Red Sox via trade in July, Miller became the best pitcher in the steady Oriole bullpen.  He pitched so well that the Baltimore Sun is reporting that he may have pitched himself out of Baltimore.#457071198 / gettyimages.comWhile he has acknowledged that he would...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Crush Davis to Beantown

As you all know by now, Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games by major league baseball for the use of amphetamines linked to Adderall he had taken to help him treat his ADHD. Davis failed to apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this season after having previously being okay’d in years past. Davis was having a down year batting average wise, only hitting...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Baltimore Plans to extend Nelson Cruz

The Baltimore Orioles 2014 season ended anti-climatically on Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, thus completing a four-game sweep for KC. Now that the offseason has arrived for the Orioles, it becomes a question of who the team will bring back next year.#457269920 / gettyimages.comOne of the biggest questions for next year's roster is Nelson Cruz, and whether...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

After season ends, Orioles' pending free agents set sights on the future

As the Orioles prepared to leave the visitors' clubhouse Wednesday night after being swept in the American League Championship Series, they understood the harsh reality of today's industry: This group, in its entirety, will never again be together as a team. "That part stinks," said left-hander Andrew Miller, one of several pending free agents on the Orioles'...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Adam Jones Said Season Was ‘F*cking Awesome’ (Video)

Adam Jones’ response was probably the best thing ever this week.  The Baltimore Orioles were also a Cinderella story but Kansas City prevailed. Adam Jones was apart of this great season for the Orioles and last night, he was asked about the Orioles season and he said the following. I agree. It was f*cking awesome and next season, the Orioles are going to be just as great. [NIS...
Via Geeks and Cleats
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Jones sums up the Orioles’ great year

Even though they got swept in the ALCS, it was a pretty damn good year for the Baltimore Orioles. They won 96 games and took home their first AL East crown since 1997, despite getting picked to finish last in the division at the beginning of the year. Star center fielder Adam Jones was asked to summarize the team’s season after their Game 4 loss in Kansas City, and he did it pretty...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Baltimore Orioles

The AL East was expected to be a dogfight between the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays this year. Instead, the Baltimore Orioles shocked them all and ran away with the division. So how exactly did they go about making everyone look so stupid for overlooking them? Preseason Prediction: The Orioles face a pretty tall task if they’re going to contend for an AL East division title. They...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles plan to extend qualifying offer to Cruz, decline Markakis option

The Orioles are interested in re-signing outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz and outfielder Nick Markakis, but with the Orioles still ensconced in the playoffs, it seems the team will likely have to make one-year calls on both players, and word is the team plans to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cruz, but decline Markakis' $17.5 million option. Neither decison comes as a surprise...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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